Cavaleiro playing for Deportivo in 2015
|Full name||Ivan Ricardo Neves Abreu Cavaleiro|
|Date of birth||18 October 1993|
|Place of birth||Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Winger / Forward|
|2009–2010||→ Belenenses (loan)|
|2014–2015||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||34||(3)|
|2019–2020||→ Fulham (loan)||25||(5)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 23:56, 18 October 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2015
Ivan Ricardo Neves Abreu Cavaleiro (born 18 October 1993) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for English Premier League club Fulham. Mainly a winger, he can also play as a forward.
A product of Benfica's youth system, he was part of the club's domestic treble in the 2013–14 season. After one-year spells with Deportivo La Coruña (Spain) and Monaco he went on to spend most of his career in England with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham, signing with the former in 2016.
Cavaleiro earned 63 caps for Portugal at youth level all categories comprised, scoring 13 goals. He made his senior international debut in 2014.
Born in Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon District, Cavaleiro played youth football for five clubs, notably representing S.L. Benfica from ages 13–18, a loan spell notwithstanding. He made his senior debut in the 2012–13 season, playing his first Segunda Liga match with the reserves on 11 August 2012 against S.C. Braga B.The following weekend he scored his first goal(s) as a professional, grabbing a brace in a 4–2 away win over C.D. Feirense, and added another two before the end of the month in a 6–0 home rout of C.F. Os Belenenses; he finished his first year with 38 appearances and 12 goals, helping his team to the seventh position.
Cavaleiro started his second season with Benfica B in fashion, netting seven times in ten matches and earning the Second Division Player of the Month award for August/September.He made his official debut for the main squad on 19 October 2013, playing the full 90 minutes against CD Cinfães in the third round in the Taça de Portugal and assisting Ola John for the game's only goal. He appeared in his maiden match in the UEFA Champions League four days later, playing the second half of a 1–1 home draw with Olympiacos F.C. in the group stage.
On 15 January 2014, Cavaleiro scored his first competitive goal for Benfica, the last in a 2–0 win against Leixões S.C. in the campaign's Taça da Liga.On 7 August, he was loaned to Deportivo de La Coruña of the Spanish La Liga for one year, making his debut on the first matchday and opening the scoring in a 1–2 defeat at Granada CF.
On 10 July 2015, Cavaleiro joined AS Monaco FC on a permanent deal until 2020,for a transfer fee rumoured to be €15 million. He made his debut on the 28th, starting in a 3–1 away win over BSC Young Boys in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, and scored his first goal in the second leg, opening a 4–0 victory at the Stade Louis II.
On 31 August 2016, Cavaleiro moved to English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a five-year deal (with the option of an additional year) for an undisclosed fee, reported to be a new club-record sum of £7 million.He made his debut on 10 September in a 1–1 home draw to Burton Albion, and scored his first goal for the club 14 days later in a 3–1 win against Brentford also at Molineux Stadium.
Cavaleiro was voted the Professional Footballers' Association Fans' Championship Player of the Month for November 2017, after netting four times in as many games.The previous month, he had provided five assists to keep his team clear at the top of the table; he finished the season with nine goals from 42 appearances, adding 12 decisive passes and achieving promotion to the Premier League as champion.
Cavaleiro's first match in the English top division occurred on 29 September 2018, and he scored once in the 2–0 home victory over Southampton with his very first touch of the ball after coming on as a substitute in place of compatriot Diogo Jota.
Cavaleiro signed for Fulham on 13 July 2019 on a season-long loan, with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.On 21 August, he put on a player of the match performance in the 4–0 home win against Milwall, scoring twice and providing one assist.
On 7 January 2020, Cavaleiro agreed to a permanent four-and-a-half-year contract.
Cavaleiro was named in the Portugal under-19 squad at the 2012 UEFA European Championship,playing the last match of the group stage against Greece. A year later, he represented the under-20 team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup; he appeared in four games as a substitute in Turkey, in an eventual round-of-16 exit.
Cavaleiro made his debut for the under-21s on 14 August 2013, netting a hat-trick in a 5–2 friendly win against Switzerland.On 27 June 2015, he scored Portugal's third goal in a 5–0 rout of Germany in the semi-finals of the European Championship in Czech Republic; he was named in the Team of the Tournament, in an eventual runner-up finish.
On 28 February 2014, Cavaleiro received his first callup for the Portugal senior side, for an exhibition game with Cameroon on 5 March,starting and playing 70 minutes in the 5–1 victory in Leiria.
Cavaleiro's father, Lindo, was crowned Angolan youth champion for Atlético Petróleos de Luanda, whilst his uncle Monhé excelled as a midfielder for Progresso Associação do Sambizanga.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Benfica B||2012–13||Segunda Liga||38||12||—||—||—||38||12|
|Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||2014–15||La Liga||34||3||0||0||—||—||34||3|
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